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Date Printed: 8/23/2014
Michelle Luxe 1999
Michelle Luxe 1999
(search item no. 80084)

PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Luxe is a very delicate Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine crafted in the time-honored méthode champenoise tradition. As in Champagne, only free run juice is used which results in extremely delicate flavors.

For the 1999 vintage, juice was feremted in French oak after inoculation and aged for 12 months to build layers of flavor and creaminess. The second fermentation in the bottle lasted 20 weeks and then the wine was aged for 3.5 years for added complexity.

"Even in the glass this sparkling wine will tempt you - a beautiful very pale yellow sparkler with loads of tiny bubbles promises good things to come. Enticing aromas of grapefruit, lemon and pear fill the nose. On the palate tropical pineapple notes are complimented with subtle hints of ginger and a creamy soft mouthfeel. Mmmmm…."
-- Rick Casqueiro, Winemaker

My Notes:

Additional wines from Michelle:

  • Brut (search item no. 1619)

About Michelle:

Michelle, by Domaine Ste. Michelle is the largest producer of sparkling wines in Washington state. The winery has crafted highly acclaimed wines for over 35 years since the wines were introduced in 1978. Michelle wines are crafted using the traditional Methode Champenoise technique. The winery offers a Brut, Brut Rose and Extra Dry sparkling wine.